iMovie 08, external drive format. HFS+ and Windows compatibility??

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by kdum8, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. kdum8 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    So I bought a shiny new 500GB external drive to store all of my enormous movies for iMovie 08. Great right? :) Wrong. It is FAT32 formatted which iMovie won't recognise :(

    So after a bit of reading around I see that I have to use disk utility to format the drive using the 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)' system.

    Only thing is, if I then connect that drive to a Windows based PC, will it even be able to recognise it? I fear not. Therefore is there a third file system that I can use that iMovie 08 will recognise and also that can be read by a PC? :confused:
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    You can use this to read and write to HFS under Windows.
    There's also MacDrive, but this one is commercial.

    Why do you need it to be read by Windows?

    You could partition the external drive with one HFS partition and one FAT32 partition, to exchange data by copying it around.

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